LIFE News and Events

 

JNCC are able to consider attendance at relevant funding events to raise awareness for the LIFE Programme. Please contact to discuss availability.

 

News

The 2017 Call is anticipated to be launched in May with a September deadline (based on the 2016 Call) so now is the time to start preparing your project.

 

The next deadline for concept notes is the 21st December and we will aim to return comments mid January.  We will then schedule a two day Logical Framework Training course for the projects which have a higher chance of success.  Whilst we will review concept notes at any time of the year, applicants will need to make the December deadline to ensure they gain access to our full support services, such as the Logical Framework Training as unfortunately resources are limited.  Our concept note template and guidance is available on the 'What we do' page on this website.

 

Upcoming events

Webinars

 LIFE: from concept to application   TBA                             
 LIFE: Climate Action TBA

 

Previous Events

 



 

Webinar on LIFE Overview: programme priorities and application process - 1st December

This webinar provided an overview of the EU LIFE programme, detailing the priorities, eligibility criteria and application process. Presented by Katy Thompson.

  • Webinar on LIFE overview - 1st December 2016
  • Slides on LIFE Overview

 

Webinar on LIFE finance - 18 August

This webinar focused on the key financial aspects in pulling together a LIFE application including eligible costs and budgetary headings. Presented by Amanda Gregory, UK LIFE NCP team and James Samuel, EA.

 

Webinar on LIFE application forms - 30 June

This webinar covered the Administrative, Project Outline and Technical Actions forms which form a LIFE Application. Presented by Katy Thompson, UK LIFE NCP team.

 

Webinar on 2016 LIFE call - 20 June

The 2016 LIFE Call was launched on 19 May.  In this webinar we outlined the key facts on what is new and different in this year's call to the 2015 call. We  examined each LIFE strand including Environment and Resource Efficiency, Nature and Biodiversity, Governance & Information and Climate Action.  Presented by Jessica Magnus, UK LIFE NCP team.

 

Commission information event for NCPs – 2/3 June 2016, Brussels

The Commission hosted the annual training event for NCPs across the Member States to highlight the nuances of the 2016 call. The call remains fairly similar to the 2015 call, with ever increasing emphasis on trans-nationality, sustainability, replicability and transferability. More information on the 2016 call will be presented during our webinar on the 20th June with registration details above.
Below are two presentations from the event.

 

LIFE application writing workshop - May 2016, Cardiff

This one day event highlighted the key points behind a successful LIFE submission, focusing on the evaluation criteria with sessions on finance and top tips from LIFE experts. The agenda and presentations are now available to download.

 

LIFE application writing workshop - May 2016, Edinburgh

This one day event highlighted the key points behind a successful LIFE submission, focusing on the evaluation criteria with sessions on finance and top tips from LIFE experts. The agenda and presentations are now available to download.

 

Log Frame Training - February & March 2016, Peterborough, Belfast and Cardiff

The workshops were designed to share the established project management techniques for improving the clarity of purpose and justification for projects, with the overall aim of increasing the quality of proposals.

The presentation provided by the facilitator, Martin Davies, Parides Consultancy, is intended as a general guide, and may only be reproduced for further use with his permission. Additional guidance was also provided around the practical exercises involved.

 

LIFE Information Day - 29 February 2016, Belfast, NI

 

This one day information event presented information on the European Union’s LIFE Programme, to allow potential applicants to begin their project proposal preparations in advance of the 2016 call which will open in the first half of 2015. 

The agenda, presentations and background information referred to during the event are now available for download:

Agenda

 

Official launch of the LIFE 2014 Integrated Projects - 26 January 2016

On 26 January 2016, the European Commission announced an investment of € 63.8 million for the first-ever "Integrated Projects" to be funded under the LIFE programme or the environment. "Integrated Projects" were introduced to implement environmental legislation on a wider scale and increase the impact of funding for plans developed on the regional, multi-regional or national level. The six projects selected have a total budget of € 108.7 million, including € 63.8 million of EU co-financing. The money will support projects in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Finland, and the UK.

The main feature of these projects is their all-encompassing approach, ensuring involvement of multiple stakeholders and promoting the mobilisation of at least one other funding source, be it EU, national or private. LIFE Integrated Projects were introduced to help Member States comply with key EU legislation in four areas including Nature, Water, Air and Waste. The presentations and papers from the launch are available to download.  

 

 

Webinar on developing a LIFE Nature & Biodiversity project

This webinar was run on behalf of the Welsh Government to introduce potential applicants to LIFE Nature & Biodiversity projects. Presented by Amanda Gregory, UK LIFE NCP Team.

 

UK/IE LIFE National Platform Meeting, 10 December 2015, Woking

This meeting was organised by NEEMO (LIFE Monitors) and focused on the sustainability of LIFE projects. The overarching message of the day was that the After-LIFE and the sustainable exit strategy must be given due consideration to ensure long lasting benefits following the LIFE project. The agenda, presentations and background material are now available to download below:

 

UK LIFE Information Day, 9 November 2015, London

This one day information event presented information on the European Union’s LIFE Programme, to allow potential applicants to begin their project proposal preparations in advance of the 2016 call which will open in the first half of 2015. 
The agenda, presentations and background information referred to during the event are now available for download:

TriFOCAL - headline logic map

TriFOCAL – London actions logic map

Timeline for LIFE 2015 Food Value London

 

What’s new in the LIFE Call 2015 - 16 June 2015 

This presentation provides a review of the Commission training event for NCPs and highlighted that the ‘general guidance’ available to applicants, reflects responses to ‘frequently asked questions’ across the 3 priority areas for the Environment sub programme along with the Climate Action sub programme, and their appropriate 'priority areas' and 'topics', which along with the evaluation guides, provides the detailed information required to shape a competitive proposal. 

 

Commission information event for NCPs – 8/9 June 2015, Brussels

The Commission host an annual training event for NCPs across the Member States to highlight the nuances of the 2015 call. The wider general point was clearly made, that whilst detail is required in response to specific questions, care should be taken to provide a coherent ‘whole story’ in the project proposal, which can sometimes be lost in concentrating in preparing answers to questions in isolation. 
Below are some of the presentations from the day.

 

LIFE application writing workshop – 27 March 2015, London

This workshop was organised to provide further support to progress proposal development, targeted at those projects who had participated in the Log Frame training events. 

  •   Experience of developing a proposal; RSPB
  •   How to write a good application; UK NCP
  •   Practical tips on financial management of a LIFE Project; EA
  •   Practical experience of using the Logical Framework for a LIFE project; JNCC
  •   From good design to measureable impacts; monitoring a LIFE project; Neemo LIFE Monitoring Team
  •   Delivering and running a good LIFE project - what are the practicalities?; Groundwork London

 

Log Frame Training - 4/ 5 Feb 2015 Peterborough and 11/12 March York

The workshops were designed to share the established project management techniques for improving the clarity of purpose and justification for projects, with the overall aim of increasing the quality of proposals.

The presentation provided by the facilitator, Martin Davies, Parides Consultancy, is intended as a general guide, and may only be reproduced for further use with his permission. Additional guidance was also provided around the practical exercises involved.

  • Project Planning Training - an introduction to Logical Framework

 

 

The LIFE Programme: Climate Change - 6 November 2014, London

 

The LIFE Programme: Environment - 5 November 2014, London

 

Scottish Information Day on the 2014-2020 EU Instruments, 20th November 2014, Glasgow

Scotland Europa held a Scottish Information Day on EU funding for the environment 2014-2020 with presentations on the LIFE programme.

The event was organised on behalf of the Scottish LIFE Focus Group, which brought together the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, with the view to coordinating support for Scottish organisations keen to explore routes to EU funding for environment projects. The presentations can be found below:

  • EU Environment Policy context 2014 and beyond; Scotland Europa
  • LIFE+ Lessons Learnt; Walking the Talk
  • LIFE Programme; UK NCP
  • The Ins and Outs of LIFE; SNH
  • UK LIFE Support; UK NCP